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seductive night dance
beckons us home
There are few things more captivating and mysterious to me than the night sky. This beautiful painting, entitled 'The Pleiades', was completed by American artist Elihu Vedder in 1885. The star cluster Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters, is estimated to be about 115 million years old. Wow. That really puts some kind of perspective on our human existence, doesn't it? Soon this cluster will be a prominent feature of the night sky here in the northern hemisphere. The myth and mystery surrounding these lovely 'sisters' is plentiful and alluring.
One of my favorite sites is APOD - Astronomy Picture of the Day. Compare this image with Vedder's painting - how perfectly he captured those cosmic sisters.
Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro’ the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.
~ Lord Tennyson
Haiku your cosmic heart at Recuerdo Mi Corazon.
we are stardust
we are golden
we are billion year old carbon
and we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden...